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latino voters voted for barack obama, the democrat,2012. there's your connection. >> so it's a big issue around the country but especially i would imagine the numbers back it up for us in california in terms of illegal immigration and arizona. >> reporter: it gets heavy here. even more significantly nationwide california has 12% of the nation's population. a quarter, by the way, a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants. 80% of that group are latinos. overall latinos are 38% of the state. the largest ethnic block in california and latinos were 23% of the state's voters in 2012. that's up from 10% in 1990. add to it, 75% of all california latino 0s voted for obama. those are the same numbers that helped to pass proposition 30. so the bottom line is this. whether in california or in other areas across the nation, republicans have a choice. if they hope to attract more whites from a group getting smaller and smaller or reach out to minorities on their issues, and that's what is up front. >> it is a big issue for the republican party. thank you, layrry. >>> close the tax loop on the wealt
prohibitions took effect. >>> today president obama talked about immigration reform and a pass to citizenship in the diverse bay area. immigration is not just a political issue but an economic one. the president spoke in las vegas but his speech was followed closely here in the bay area. nbc's kris sanchez watched the speech with immigrants rights advocates in eas san jose. kris, how did they receive this message? is. >> reporter: they were hanging on every word. all of it was very well received in one of the south bay's most vocal immigrant communities. as president obama talked about comprehensive immigration reform in las vegas, people were hanging on to every word in the sank we're of our lady of guadeloupe church in san jose including this mother who tells me she is here illegally after six tries across the border. after this speech she said she no longer thinks citizenship is just a dream. garcia is ready to come out of the shadows, as president obama put it. a volunteer acting together says families may not have to live in constant fear of deportation. >> the children, the children are
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